arts & culture

ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

In 2010, Zimbabwean-born painter Richard Mudariki was forced to leave his homeland for South Africa so that he could tell the stories of his people. Had he stayed, it would have been impossible for him to practise his craft without being arrested on trumped-up charges such as treason.

This is because his paintings show how a country that was once considered Africa’s bread basket and a haven for the arts has been torn apart.

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“At one point, in the 1930s and 1940s, Zimbabwe had renowned artists such as Bernard Matemera and…
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ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

ZANELE MUHOLI’S CAMERA CRUSADE FOR LGBTQI RIGHTS

For more than 20 years, Muholi has armed herself with a camera and a lot of pluck in order to fight for the rights of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. Her devotion is nothing short of a crusade and her important work has received global recognition.

She recently added another feather to her cap when she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters), France’s foremost cultural award.

The order, established in 1957, rewards those who, through their ongoing engagement and creativity, have helped develop the arts and…
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ZANELE MUHOLI’S CAMERA CRUSADE FOR LGBTQI RIGHTS

First Festival of Art to give undiscovered artists a platform

[FEATURED] As art feeds the soul of society, so too can it change the lives of its creators. It’s with this ethos in mind that the Festival of Art was founded to provide a platform for undiscovered and underprivileged artists to showcase their work.

Set to make its mark on the Western Cape social calendar in the scenic Franschhoek region on 17 and 18 March, the festival will also feature revered South African artists at each of its three venues – Selwyn Pekeur at Bridge House, Nanette Ranger at Eikehof and Ronald West at La Bri.

The festival…
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First Festival of Art to give undiscovered artists a platform

BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

Book Dash is a non-profit organisation creating African storybooks for African children.

“We choose every word carefully,” says co-founder and Board Chairman Arthur Attwell. “We believe in this deeply. Many children are invisible to the book industry. Borrowing from libraries is necessary, but not sufficient. A hundred books is a nice round number and it’s achievable.

“By the age of five, a child’s early development is over. The degree to which society neglects those early years is catastrophic and an abundance of books can have a big impact.”

At the first Book Dash day in May 2014, two teams made two books…
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BOOK DASH ON CREATING AND SPREADING AFRICAN STORYBOOKS

Life with and without the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall – the barrier that divided the German city during the Cold War era – has now been down for as long as it was up.

The wall was built by communist East Germany and completely encircled the western parts of Berlin.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports on a new exhibition looking at life with and without the wall.

– Al Jazeera Media Network

Life with and without the Berlin Wall

MBONGENI NGEMA ON TAKING ASINAMALI TO THE BIG SCREEN

Asinamali, meaning “we have no money” was a phrase coined by ANC activist Msizi Dube, who founded the rent boycott movement upon returning to KwaZulu-Natal after his release from Robben Island. He was assassinated in 1983.

Mbongeni Ngema, who was part of the movement, wrote about the events, with his play, Asinamali, first performed at the Market Theatre in 1985.

He has now transformed the play into a film, and the conversion walks a fine line between realism and musical drama.

Ngema features as director, scriptwriter, lyricist, composer and actor. He plays a theatre director who has returned from exile with the…
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MBONGENI NGEMA ON TAKING ASINAMALI TO THE BIG SCREEN